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Thursday, June 25, 2015

On Dyeing (no. 1)

Summer is here! But where have I been?  Long story short between work and other things, I've been struggling to regain my mojo/sewjo. To ease myself back into creative stuff, I decided to break out my box of dyes and get to work on some of my many dingy "white" tops that have somehow been accumulating in my apartment. (They breed like rabbits!)

IMG_3523bDoes that yellow one look familiar?

The one in the middle was a cotton racerback tank I picked up last fall in California. It had a cool frayed ruffle detail in the front, but it looked like the previous owner didn't know how to sort laundry before washing it.

beforeObjects in photo are cleaner and brighter than they actually are.

I've been wanting a black top for the summer, so I grabbed the black dye and went to town! I followed the stove-top dyeing directions on the bottle, and after about thirty minutes of stirring, the tank took the color pretty well. I was hoping for a more "black" black, but I'm happy with the result.

after copyThis is my happy face!

Some of you may remember the next shirt from a couple years ago. Way back then I tried my hand at dyeing with tumeric, and the result was a brilliant, sunny yellow. (And equally yellow hands and nails. Wear gloves.) After many washes, the tumeric had faded to butter, so I decided to go a different direction.

before.jpgTrust me, red is a direction.

I dyed this top using the stove-top method as well, and I'm pretty pleased with this one too.

after 2 copyThis is my pleased face.

So what do you think? Am I out of my slump? What have you done to get out of yours?

- Elizabeth
aka The Hungry Octopus
Now blogging Struggling to remember to blog at!


Lovenicky said...

Great job! I need to copy your idea for all my dingy white clothes!

jennifer elliott said...

Sometimes we all need a break from refashioning and sewing. Not to mention, the refashion bins can be intimidating and daunting for me and make me turn the other way. Anyway, you're on the right track with these wonderful dye jobs. I'm still too chicken to try dyeing, but I love love love love the new red top. Great job.

Jennifer Elliott, EOD